What can you make with bias?

1. Summer Sunrise pillow, 2. Curried Plums, 3. Daisy Chain Table Topper, 4. Coffeehouse, 5. Biltmore Bias, 6. CelebrationTableRunner, 7. Ephemeral Elegance, 8. An Evergreen Bias, 9. Sudoku Streetlight

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love working with bias strips.  It occurred to me recently that it would be fun to put all my bias projects together in one place.  I created a new set on Flickr that includes many of my bias projects.  A mosaic of the highlights is above.  

Why do I keep coming back to this technique?  I guess what appeals to me the most about bias is the ability to draw a line with fabric (Just a note that I am hopeless at drawing with a pencil).  The way bias takes curves makes it perfect for all kinds of organic shapes.  I haven’t tried writing with bias, but I’d love to try that soon.  I also tend not to fill in the shapes the bias makes, but that adds another dimension to any project.  You can see what I mean in the far right coffee cup in my header.  See how it looks like you can see the inside of the mug?
Another thing I love about bias – once it is prepared, it can be either hand or machine appliquéd.  If I had all the time in the world, I’d hand appliqué everything 🙂  Since I don’t, I really like it that I don’t have to change my mind about a project due to a lack of time.

If you want to join the fun, you have two chances coming up to take my Bias Appliqué class.  The first starts next Tuesday, Oct 16 at MakerWorks here in Ann Arbor.  The second is at QuiltCon on Sunday, Feb 24.  I hope to see some of you there!
  • Holly
    Posted at 21:47h, 03 November Reply

    Do you have a pattern for the Xmas tree? I'd like to try and make it.

    Thank you

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 07:53h, 15 October Reply

    Hi ! Your designs with bias tape are fabulous ! We especially love the Biltmore Bias center design, which looks like a beautiful Celtic design — like a continuous Celtic knot. We love the fact that bias tape projects can be machine appliqued and turn out beautifully.

    Best wishes, from Marina and Dary

  • cinzia
    Posted at 19:20h, 10 October Reply

    Your projects are great! I love hand applique and i really would love to work more with bias strips. Wish i was going to quiltcon ( i should stop whining about that).
    Your Curried Plums is my favorite!

  • Marg
    Posted at 04:37h, 10 October Reply

    I love all your bias projects. Your work with bias is extraordinary. Darn that squillion kilometre gap between your place and mine.

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